New Year’s Eva Gala

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation rang in 2017 with its inaugural New Year’s Eve Gala at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. The party raised funds for the Campaign for Clarity, an effort to provide 3-D mammography throughout the hospital’s network of care. Because of the generous support of guests and sponsors, the event brought in more than $90,000. Happy New Year!

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Lexington Medical Center Cook and Pharmacy Technician Deliver Baby in Hospital Lobby

January 13 was no ordinary work day for Jennifer Bandy and Yolanda Butler.

Jennifer is a cook at the Park Café inside Lexington Medical Park 1 at Lexington Medical Center. Yolanda is a pharmacy technician at Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

L to R: Yolanda Butler, Jennifer Bandy, Danielle Tilson, Baby Serenity and Byron Stewart

Just before sunrise, they heard shouts for help from the building’s entrance.

Running toward the door, they found Danielle Tilson of Batesburg about to deliver a baby. Her fiance Byron Stewart was by her side.

“Everything was happening so fast,” Jennifer said. “I knew we had to do something.”

Yolanda stepped in right away.

“I was reassuring Mom that everything was OK,” she said.

Minutes later, the café cook and pharmacy technician delivered baby Serenity Stewart in the lobby. They laid the little girl on tablecloths from the café and a blanket from Danielle and Byron’s car.

“She started blinking her eyes and moving – and that was a good feeling because we knew she was OK,” Jennifer said.

They learned Danielle and Byron were on their way to a hospital in downtown Columbia from their home in Batesburg, but didn’t think they could make it in time. So the couple pulled up to the Lexington Medical Park 1 entrance at Lexington Medical Center – the first entrance they saw on the hospital campus. Early in the morning, hardly anyone was there – except for the Park Café staff and Yolanda, who just happened to come into work early that day.

Serenity is the couple’s fourth child. Everyone is doing well.

The couple is thankful for Jennifer and Yolanda’s quick response and willingness to help. They say they will bring Serenity back to the hospital to meet them one day.

Kids and Screen Time: Ten Facts Parents Should Know

By Lauren S. Matthews, MD, pediatrician with Lexington Pediatric Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice

Lauren Matthews, MD

1. Under age 2, children develop important cognitive, language, sensorimotor, and social-emotional skills through hands-on exploration and social interaction. Media use for this age group should only occur when an adult is standing by to co-view, talk and teach.  

2. For children ages 2-5, screen time including television, computers, tablets and smartphones should be limited to no more than 1 hour per day. With too much screen time, younger children are losing out on key interactions with parents, adults, and other children necessary for development.

3. For older children and adolescents, sedentary media exposure should be limited to 2 hours per day. This recommended limit applies solely to screen time for entertainment purposes such as television, streaming services, gaming consoles and social media. Older children and adolescents are spending more time interacting with a virtual world than building face-to-face relationships.  

4. Children who watch too much television in infancy and preschool years can show delays in attention, thinking, language and social skills. High levels of media use are linked to obesity and cardiovascular risks as early as childhood. And, there is a well-studied association between violent content on television and behavior problems. So, parents should also monitor content.   

5. Identify certain areas in the house as “tech-free” zones. Bedrooms should be screen-free areas because increased media exposure there is linked to fewer minutes of sleep per night and puts children at an increased risk for sleep disturbances. And, meal times and parent-child play times should be “unplugged.”  

6. Find an activity your child enjoys and involve the entire family. Unplugged and offline playtime encourages creativity. Make this type of playtime a daily priority. Parents should join in the activities.  

7. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers parents the opportunity to develop an interactive family media use plan that aligns with your family values and parenting styles. This type of plan can be helpful so that children and parents have specific expectations of media time. Visit to learn more.

8. Parent media use is a strong predictor of child media habits. Reducing parental television viewing and enhancing parent-child interactions can be an important opportunity for emotional connection and the early development of language, cognition, social skills, and emotional regulation.  
 9. An increase in screen time has been identified as a leading contributor to the growing childhood obesity epidemic. Limiting screen time encourages physical activity. Children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day.  

10. Not all screen time is “bad.” High-quality educational programs can help improve cognitive, language, and social outcomes. For families that find it difficult to modify overall amount of media use in their homes, changing to high-quality content may be a more reasonable alternative. When using apps and games, find options that truly engage the child rather than just swiping or staring at the screen.  
Lexington Pediatric Practice has board-certified physicians, caring nurses and staff members who are focused on providing the best care possible for your child. The staff puts your child’s care as the top priority with kid-friendly labs, vaccines and treatments at two convenient locations in Lexington and West Columbia.

811 West Main Street, Suite 204
Lexington, SC 29072

3240 Sunset Boulevard
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 359-8855